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    Duval-Carrié joins ranks of art elite

    October 21, 2014 by Anne Tschida

    Duval-Carrié joins ranks of art elite
    Opening night for "Imagined Landscapes," solo show from Duval-Carrié at PAMM. Edouard Duval-Carrié needs no introduction to the local art world, or to the socially active community. Fresh off his highly acclaimed solo exhibition at PAMM last spring, Duval-Carrié has cemented a permanent place in Miami’s...
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    New events combine Miami’s love for sports with technology

    October 21, 2014 by Frank Haggar

    New events combine Miami’s love for sports with technology

    The newest events on the Miami tech scene, Tech Weekend @ The Dolphins and Tech Networking @ The Dolphins combine South Florida’s passion for sports with its rapidly growing tech scene. These sports-themed gatherings allow local software and IT enthusiasts access to insights from Dolphins IT staff and Sun Life Stadium facilities to learn, network and share ideas. They will also add another layer to Miami’s increasingly diverse idea ecosystem, allowing participants the chance to explore how technology can leverage and enhance Miami’s great love for sports.

    The events are supported by Knight Foundation, as well as the Dolphins.

    The first of these, Tech Weekend @ The Dolphins will kick off this week on Oct. 25, bringing together sports, technology and entrepreneurship. Included in the program are tech meetups at Sun Life Stadium and professional training sessions on IT and coding. A teach-a-thon event will also introduce local high school students to HTML web design and game development, as a way to engage them in idea-building.

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    PuppetLAB theater brings a colorful and impactful program of new work to PuppetART Theater

    October 21, 2014 by Rosie Sharp

    PuppetLAB theater brings a colorful and impactful program of new work to PuppetART Theater
    On the weekend of October 17-18, PuppetART Theater (a Knight Arts grantee) held the PuppetLAB Festival, two nights of original puppet performances, some of which have been in development for more than a year. PuppetLAB is a program that runs from June-October, with the goal of developing new puppet performances,...
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    Art of the hex and finding meaning in secular magic with Nick Lenker

    October 21, 2014 by CSchwartz

    Art of the hex and finding meaning in secular magic with Nick Lenker
    Shamanistic rituals filled with enigmatic symbolism are occurring at Practice Gallery in the most fancy of ways: Fancy Dutch ways. Anyone familiar with the Pennsylvania Dutch (German) immigrants that populated many parts of the Keystone State through the 17th and 18th centuries might also know about their patterned ceramics or...
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    41 ideas advance in Knight News Challenge: Libraries

    October 21, 2014 by Chris Barr

    41 ideas advance in Knight News Challenge: Libraries

    Last week 11 advisers helped us select a group of semifinalists for the Knight News Challenge: Libraries. Today, we are excited to announce that 41 projects have moved to the next stage of consideration. These semifinalists will have a week to fine tune their entries before we begin work with another set of advisers to choose the finalists.

    We received 680 submissions to the challenge, which is focused on the question: how might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?

    Having the opportunity to look at a multitude of ideas from the library community is immensely valuable to our work. It gives us the chance to understand the shared energy among those working to innovate in the field and the shifting role of libraries in the digital age. Here are some of the themes that emerged as we reviewed the 680 entries:

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    Get fed, get funded at MIAMI SOUP

    October 21, 2014 by Jenna Buehler

    Get fed, get funded at MIAMI SOUP

    The first MIAMI SOUP microgrant led to the creation of a free, interactive theatrical performance that took place at locations across the city last month. “History on Wheels” is bike tour and performance based on the life story of city founder Julia Tuttle and her inventive interactions with other Miami figures like Henry Flagler, George Merrick, and James Deering. Photo Credit: Pati Laylle.

    Miami’s latest recipe for social innovation offers changemakers an opportunity for network support and funding. MIAMI SOUP has invited  three people with big ideas to dine with community members -- over  gourmet soup, salad and bread -- to decide “what’s next” for the community.

    How it works: Each dinner guest is a donor; event registration includes $50 for a plate of fine food and the opportunity to vote for one of three people with a small-budget idea that they believe would have big impact. The third MIAMI SOUP will take place Nov. 9 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Macy’s Test Kitchen in the Dadeland Mall.

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    Walden: The Knight Neighborhood Challenge did this

    October 21, 2014 by Jessica Walden

    This article is cross-posted with permission from The Telegraph. This week a finale celebration was held atop Coleman Hill to recognize the impact of the Knight Neighborhood Challenge. Since 2009, this community-driven grant program invested $3 million in the College Hill Corridor by funding ideas that would make the area thrive.

    What made the program so successful is how the people of Macon embraced it. We dreamed big. We embraced creativity. We applied innovation. We rolled up our sleeves and invested the time to not just talk the talk of, “You know what would be great?” but to walk the walk of, “Let’s do this.”

    Our resulting projects ranged from the simple with a complex purpose to the downright funky, quirky and completely, uniquely Macon.

    There were simple tasks such as requesting a few hundred dollars to distribute light bulbs with sensor cells so neighborhood homes would automatically have a friendly front-porch light turn on as day turned to dusk. Not only did this enhance the sense of safety, but it encouraged neighbors to be neighborly. If you received a light bulb, you also received an extra to pass along to someone else on your block who could use it.

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    Sundance expands to more #KnightCities

    October 20, 2014 by Nate von Zumwalt

    Sundance expands to more #KnightCities

    2014 New Frontier Flash Lab, Miami. Photo by Michael Toledo. 

    Nate von Zumwalt is editorial manager for Sundance Institute

    Discovering and supporting independent artists is what Sundance Institute is all about. We believe that providing an inclusive space for artists to create and thrive encourages diverse stories and greater understanding.  In 2013, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation joined us in support of this goal by helping Sundance Institute reach into two new communities, Philadelphia and Miami, in search of new voices, new perspectives, and new stories to be told.

    Now Knight Foundation is expanding its support with a new $1 million investment. The Knight Fellows Project will provide filmmakers and related artists in eight U.S. cities with local programs modeled on the Institute’s renowned residential Labs and successful one-day workshops for emerging filmmakers.

    Over the next three years, storytellers from Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose, and St. Paul will have access to creative and tactical training from esteemed Sundance Alumni and Advisors.  Programs will include ShortsLabs, New Frontier Flash Labs and Screenwriters Intensives, as well as immersive workshops on documentary storytelling, film music, and creative marketing and distribution.

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    A mixed bag of site-specific performances

    October 20, 2014 by Neil de la Flor

    A mixed bag of site-specific performances
    This weekend I headed to the Design District to see a series of roving, site-specific, 30-minute performances. I didn't want to go out, but I did, and it was (more or less) worth the 10-minute drive. "Daydreaming with Jean" by Marissa Alma Nick. Photo by Neil...
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    NJTF Holocaust Theater catalog gifted to Miller Center/University of Miami

    October 20, 2014 by Valerie Nahmad

    NJTF Holocaust Theater catalog gifted to Miller Center/University of Miami
    By Arnold Mittelman, National Jewish Theater Foundation Arnold Mitttelman The National Jewish Theater Foundation has designated the Miller Center at the University of Miami as the permanent home for its digital Holocaust Theater Catalog (HTC)- a website project of the NJTF Holocaust Theater International Initiative (HTII)....
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    Creole Cuban Choir brings a fusion of Haitian and Afro-Caribbean beats to the Ordway

    October 20, 2014 by Susannah Schouweiler

    Creole Cuban Choir brings a fusion of Haitian and Afro-Caribbean beats to the Ordway
    The Creole Choir of Cuba. Photo courtesy of the Ordway The Creole Cuban Choir is on stage at the Ordway (a Knight Arts grantee) for a one-night-only performance this week. The 10-person ensemble also goes by the moniker “the Desandann” (literally, “the descendants”), so named for...
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    "Soul of a Folk Artist" exhibit features I. Root's handmade crafts

    October 20, 2014 by Y-O Latimore

    "Soul of a Folk Artist" exhibit features I. Root's handmade crafts
    Monroe Jackson aka I. Root creating his handmade crafts. During the month of October at the SoChi Gallery, a sports collection of three-dimensional paintings created by the folk artist Monroe Jackson will be on display and for sale. As a craftsman, Monroe Jackson is better known...
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    The Gold Line streetcar: "Looking Forward/Looking Back"

    October 20, 2014 by Katherine Balcerek

    The Gold Line streetcar: "Looking Forward/Looking Back"
    "Looking Forward/Looking Back" by Nancy O'Neill at the Levine Museum. Transportation – it moves us forward toward some destination, some goal, or maybe someone. We hear this word, and we think about the future and what is ahead. Rarely do we hear this word and think...
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    City Observatory: A new forum for what matters for successful cities

    October 20, 2014 by Joe Cortright

    Joe Cortright is an economist and director of City Observatory, a virtual urban policy think tank that receives support from Knight Foundation. 

    Last week we launched City Observatory, a new data-driven platform for sharing, analyzing and discussing the success of cities. The site’s original analysis and in-depth research on cities and urban issues is designed to inform community leaders, policymakers, policy wonks and the rest of us.

    Today we released “The Young and Restless and the Nation’s Cities,” a new CityReport that analyzes the choices young, educated professionals are making about where they live and how those choices are reshaping the economic development process. Future reports will address topics such as city job growth, neighborhood change, and the ways we create, use and interact with public spaces in cities.

     

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    In Memoriam: Kathy Gaubatz, tireless champion of early music

    October 20, 2014 by Valerie Nahmad

    In Memoriam: Kathy Gaubatz, tireless champion of early music
    By Sebastian Spreng, Visual Artist and Classical Music Writer Kathy Gaubatz The sudden death of Kathy Gaubatz casts a pall over the start of the 2014-2015 music season and calls for a well-deserved tribute to this genuine pioneer of the local early music scene. We mourn...